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, they can't do something to bridge this in to a conversation next year. but when president obama says things through tim geithner that he said about raising tax rate and spend additional money, which is crazy, it makes people more concerned that a big overall grand bargain can't be reached next year. >> eric: martin, do you think a grand bargain won't be reached? >> i think it will. talk about what is going on now here first. you know, the president won the election. he campaigned on the basis of higher rates for the taxpayer income earners. no surprise. the republicans are asking shocked that the president is taking a tough line. i think they expect him to roll over and play dead. that is not the way things work in this town. he won the election. and he told the american people we were going to raise the rates on the top income earners. now that is what he is trying to do. i think there is some give here. i don't think it has to go up to 39.6. right now it's 35. maybe it goes up a point or two. listen, republicans need time to sort through all of this. there will be a short-term agreement.
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that it will throw the country into a recession. that would hurt the whole country, of course president obama as well. they have to be careful here as well. but democrats and the president clearly believe that they have the leverage to force an increase in these tax rates on the upper income americans before they agree to a deal. >> we'll all be watching the stock market as well. if that indeed happen. >>> the president is also concentrating on recasting his new cabinet and one name that came up yesterday is a replacement for leon panetta at the defense department. actually a republican, chuck hagel. former senator from nebraska. >> it's possible, but this is a real game of musical chairs right now. the president has to fill at least three big jobs, secretary of state, hillary clinton, defense and cia. and if the president does not choose susan rice that means john kerry goes to state and hagel goes to defense. if he chooses kerry for state then you could end up having hagel go to cia. we just don't know right now. but all of those names are in play as we talk. >> this wouldn't be his first republica
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republican position is let the payroll tax rate go back up by 2%. that's a two percentage point increase on every american and it's a marginal increase on everyone making less than $100,000 a year. i really worry that president obama, we consider that he's overreaching, it's too much, you know. at the end of the day president obama is selling a very simple message. i want to keep taxes low for middle class americans and republicans, i'm worried, are in the position of looking as if they don't care about the middle class and want to keep tax rates low for wealthy americans. >> one of the things that struck me in my interview with tim geithner, the republicans were a little unclear. he said the bush tax rates had to go up but not all the way up and geithner said they had do have to go up to 39.6%. >> i still think the white house is willing to settle for something in the middle there above the bush tax rate but maybe not all the way back up to clinton, maybe not 250 and above, maybe 500. i think there are moving parts there. i think he says in every speech he goes out there and gives the h